Canada keen to recruit foreign dentists
Ministers in Ottawa have announced that they are keen to recruit more foreign dentists in a bid to improve access to dental services.
At the moment there is a severe shortage of dentists in rural areas of Ottawa and the Canadian Dental Regulatory Authorities Federation has announced that it will invest a significant amount of money into a new centre, which will be built to assess the competence of foreign dentists who want to work in Canada. The project will cost around $800,000.
The centre will be based in Ottawa but will operate on a national basis; foreign dentists will be assessed at the centre and asked to sit a written test; if they pass they will then be able to practise in any province in Canada.
Diane Finley, the minister of human resources, said that the new centre will help to speed up the vetting process and will ultimately benefit thousands of Canadians. The current shortage of dentists means that many people are being forced to travel long distances and wait for long periods of time for treatment; increasing the number of dentists, particularly in rural areas, will help to improve access to services and cut waiting lists.
The new system will also be beneficial for dentists wanting to work in Canada, as they will receive assistance with finding jobs when they have passed the assessment.
Dr Cam Witmer, from the Dental Regulatory Authorities Federation, said that dental organisations are keen to encourage more foreign dentists to work in Canada; so far more than a thousand dentists have applied to work in Canada.Join this Discussion